[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
July 4: Modeling Critical Patriotism: Frederick Douglass’ July 4th Speech: A series on models of critical patriotism starts with the speech that challenges us as much today as it did 150 years ago.
July 5: Modeling Critical Patriotism: William Apess’ “Eulogy on King Philip”: The series continues with a speech that offers two complementary models of critical patriotism.
July 6: Modeling Critical Patriotism: Suffrage Activists at the Centennial Exposition: Critical patriotism at America’s 100th birthday celebration, as the series rolls on.
July 7: Modeling Critical Patriotism: Carlos Bulosan’s America is in the Heart: The author and book that critically but optimistically redefine American identity.
July 8: Modeling Critical Patriotism: Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama: The series concludes with a controversial sermon and a follow-up speech that offer competing visions of critical patriotism.
July 9-10: Crowd-sourced Critical Patriotisms: Fellow AmericanStudiers offer their nominees for models of critical patriotism—share yours in comments, please!
July 11: 20th Century Women Writers: Mary Antin and Anzia Yezierska: A series inspired by my current grad class kicks off with the distinctions and similarities between two Jewish American writers.
July 12: 20th Century Women Writers: Nella Larsen: The series continues with the brief but potent career of a Harlem Renaissance writer.
July 13: 20th Century Women Writers: Sylvia Plath: The talented poet who reminds us not to settle for accepted narratives, as the series rolls on.
July 14: 20th Century Women Writers: Leslie Marmon Silko: Two texts that complicate and enrich our vision of Silko beyond her stunning debut novel.
July 15: 20th Century Women Writers: Toni Morrison’s “Recitatif”: The series concludes with a few reasons to read the only short story by one of our greatest writers.
July 16-17: Hybrid Grad Course on 20th Century Women Writers: A special weekend post on a few of the many reasons I’m excited for this grad course.
July 18: VikingStudying: Elementary Explorers: An Iceland-inspired series starts with a striking change in elementary school social studies.
July 19: VikingStudying: Leif Erikson: The series continues with three telling details about the Iceland-born world explorer.
July 20: VikingStudying: The Sagas: Two AmericanStudies contexts for the Viking literary epics, as the series rolls on.
July 21: VikingStudying: Historic Sites: Lessons from the two discovered Viking sites in the New World, and what might be next.
July 22: VikingStudying: Vikings on the Screen: The series concludes with a key difference between 1960s and 21st century depictions of Vikings, and what has endured.
July 23-24: IcelandStudying: A special weekend post on three things I learned about America while traveling in Iceland.
July 25: American Camping: The Wendigo: A camping series starts with the scary story that also offers cultural and cross-cultural commentaries.
July 26: American Camping: The Gunnery Camp: The series continues with two vital lessons we can learn from the father of American camping.
July 27: American Camping: Into the Wilds: The distinct but equally American cultural traditions for two recent wilderness stories, as the series rolls on.
July 28: American Camping: Appalachian Trailblazers: Three men who helped blaze one of the nation’s (and world’s) premiere hiking trails.
July 29: American Camping: Camping and Race: The series concludes with two historical and cultural contexts for a complex American divide.
Next series starts Monday,
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